There was Katya Robinson, locking horns with one of her students. Again.
“Do you want to go to recess? Then go sit down,” she told AJ Staggs one morning last week.
He is a bespectacled, charismatic 5-year-old and the unofficial mayor of Room 21 at Park Side Elementary in Sebastopol. That’s where Robinson teaches a kindergarten through third grade class for students with moderate to severe disabilities.
It’s where she does the pioneering, creative work that earned her recognition as one of California’s five extraordinary public school educators named 2020 teachers of the year.
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